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738 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews
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sourcerjoe
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Not fit for 2 people. Space is so limited that we had to watch tv in bed. No room for a chair or sofa and or small table. Desk did not have a chair - no room. Pillows were stored on the floor and then placed on bed - not very ... Read more
loritrey@
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I are both 51 years old. Balcony cabin on the 8th deck. Planned the cruise for 9 months. Koningsdam 10 days, Fort Lauderdale. Our serious cruising friends let us know about a "brand new" ship they were ... Read more
kquinton
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having cruised for many years, although not in the last 5, I remembered that I always liked HAL over the years. I was able to get a good price for this cruise but was amazed that my memories had not lived up to the reality. Embarkation ... Read more
saotey
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I was expecting a 5 star experience, the only thing i experienced 5 star was the food, it really was excellent. 1st off the mattress was horrendous, i had to request an egg crate topper, i found 2 pubic hairs on the clean towels, no ... Read more
ellybe
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Over the past 12 years we have sailed many times on a variety of HAL ships. It's 2 years since our last cruise with them and we noted that changes are still happening- some better for the guest and some for efficiency and the bottom line ... Read more
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jbecker6469
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, it was 14 nights NOT B2B, sailed from Tampa, FL (we drive from Atlanta, GA) and the Oosterdam had just undergone drydock upgrades. Hollands prices are good, service is very good, and size of ... Read more
tabaluga
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 helpful votes
my 3rd time on the Noordam, 9 weeks totol, so i know her well. For the price of apx 110 per night for a balcony the value is terrific. The BBKing band plays 3x per night and are an exellent ship dance band. The Theater ... Read more
Susan054
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The ship for being fairly small had excellent food, lamb, lobster and two fantastic surprise meals by the pool that were awesome! German food and BBQ of every type meat and desserts too. The high teas were good too in the Diningroom. The ... Read more
AlaskaAdventure
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We like Holland America because it fits our life style (we're both retired, in our mid 60's). We chose this 21 day cruise because it visited several ports we had not been to before. The ship had just arrived from Europe for the start of ... Read more
Sindy j
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call ... Read more
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ingridshaus
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to ... Read more
Floridastorm
Member Since 2011
1 review
381 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the ... Read more
Dr. ECU
Member Since 2011
1 review
25 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose to cruise on the Zuiderdam ship because it went to the Southern Caribbean, Central America, and the Panama Canal. The price was excellent for a long cruise. We had a great cruise with no real issues. I had read some rather ... Read more
jim2244
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our sixth cruise and the 4th line we've been on. We liked the ability to visit Australia and New Zealand in one trip. Most of the ports were very interesting, with the exception of Picton, New Zealand. The ship is older and has ... Read more
EZ Wash
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
This cruise really wasn't our first choice, but when the earthquakes hit Italy we decided to make an adjustment in our "to do list" of cruises and moved a Panama Canal visit to the top, and we're glad we did. We read all the ... Read more
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LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This cruise where specially choosen becuase of a promise from our agent and the cruise liner, it should have been a nice, comfortable and entertaining tour for a transatlantic travel from Rome to Tampa in Florida. Our experiences from ... Read more
palmykop
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We chose Holland America as were impressed with their publicity and thought we would like a little luxury as the cruise lasted for 24 days. Embarkation was the first disappointment as we were not given any cabin number unitl we booked ... Read more
Yessirhesaid
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Cruise companies must recognise that the world has changed and even grey cruisers are used to unrestricted free internet access. The issues concerning internet access spoils what ought to be a relaxing experience. First cruise, so ... Read more
Hans J.
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our fourth relatively long cruise aboard a HAL ship. The general hotel function was fantastic as usual with good food and very friendly/helpful staff. Our Vista Suite with verandah was kept neat, tidy and clean by hard working but ... Read more
Sailawaynow
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
60 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We looked forward to this cruise for almost a year and were disappointed. First the GOOD: The Koningsdam is new and thus everything is sparkling clean and refreshing. The public rooms and staterooms are spotless, the linens are ... Read more
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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
21 reviews
1,666 forum post
21 helpful votes
Koningsdam inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2016 Very long and detailed "Log" type format. If you just want the summary, scroll on down towards the bottom! We booked the inaugural trans-Atlantic cruise ... Read more
Austin Healey 1964
Member Since 2012
1 review
36 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship is not too large so that you still feel like a welcomed guest. The staff are incredible. Friendly, attentive and personable. Main dining room cuisine is excellent. Nightly entertainment is very high standard. Embarkation and ... Read more
Pyer
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Part of our deal was a two night stay in Barcelona which was a great start,embarkation was good and quite rapid.Balcony cabin was as expected with kingsize bed,large TV with plenty of films etc.The bathroom including tub was OK,goid hair ... Read more
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Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
68 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This is a beautiful ship. Not like the other HAL vessels in many ways, but the upgrades and improvements are wonderful. The problem for HAL is probably that it's core audience, old people like me, are resistant to change and rather ... Read more
jnight
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we like Holland America and we liked the itinerary. We are more interested in exploring ports than ship-board activities and Holland America suits us for this purpose. We do not, for the most part, do ship ... Read more
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